Yesterday I received a package in the mail. That’s not unusual though. I sat it on the bench next to the front door … and left it there. That is unusual.
Eight days ago I called Linda (known to her family and close friends as Lolli, or Lol) because she was my go-to for essential oils and things related. We discussed Thieves(R) and whether ingesting them or not was what I should do as I was feeling a cold or something starting. She suggested I try the Thieves Lozenges. I told her I wanted to try them. Our last messages to each other that day said she was sending the Lozenges by USPS, that Thieves Lozenges was the best and I should receive them in 3 to 5 days.
The next morning I received a call from Lol’s sister, Sandra, saying,… “Lolli died.” I can still replay the scene of me trying to process the words I just heard through all my tears. So unexpected.
Today is a week later. I am still reeling. It has taken me this long to even write about it. Sandra, Lolli, Angela (Sandra’s daughter/my li’l sis) and me; we formed sort of a family unit about 25 years ago when I lived with Sandra and Angela for four years. And like family we had some rough spots but we also had some the most fun, memorable times and greatest laughs ever! I can hear Lol’s laugh right now as I am writing this. Everyone loved Lol.
So, when my package arrived yesterday, my cough-and-cold ridden body wanted to tear into it and pop some Lozenges, but I didn’t. Somehow, now I want to keep these Lozenges forever. I am sure I will have to place another order with someone in order to try them.
I’ve spent the last week thinking a lot about life, and how quickly it can be gone. I do know Lol loved Jesus which brings great comfort, but I can’t help feel sadness for all of us who will know longer hear her infectious laugh. I am so grateful for that last conversation we had. I am so grateful for the time spent last summer hanging out with Sandra, Lol and Angela. Precious, precious moments.
I’ve had many friends and family lose loved ones just since Christmas. Hard days for many people. Everyday someone loses someone. I am going to do better this year. I am going to make a better effort to stay in touch with those near and dear to my heart… because you never know when that last conversation, will indeed, be the last. Go hug your loved ones.
Love and hugs to you guys! ❤️🤗